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Please Read This Leaflet Carefully: Keep This Leaflet. You May Need to Read It Again.

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Please Read This Leaflet Carefully, the debut novel from Norwegian writer and translator Karen Havelin, is the story of a woman whose body has become her enemy.


The novel tracks backward, from 2016 until 1995, etching details of daily life into a gripping and darkly humorous bildungsroman, about the intricacies of love and life in a fragile body.


We meet Laura Fjellstad firs
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Dottir Press
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Jaz (travelsinfiction)
I absolutely loved this book. I’ll be posting a review on my blog in a few weeks time so keep a look out for that!
Madeline Stevens
Such a beautiful gem of a novel!
Kirsty Oughton
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read the synopsis of ‘Please Read this Leaflet Carefully’ I thought ‘wow I know that I would relate to this book on some personal level’ little did I know once I finished it how relatable this story is to me.

We meet Laura who since being a child has struggled with her health and having a late diagnosis of endometriosis amongst other health problems would have been her worst nightmare. Karen takes us on a journey of Laura’s life from 2016 to 1995 and the struggles she faces with constant
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Siobhan
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please Read This Leaflet Carefully is a novel about chronic illness told in reverse, a powerful look at different versions of a self and how illness can be told. Laura has dealt with a catalogue of health issues including severe allergies and was diagnosed with endometriosis in her twenties. The novel opens with her as a young mother in New York City, battling for the energy to keep her life in balance and look after her daughter. The narrative then travels backwards, charting the changes in her ...more
Tilly
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This book was gifted by the publishers dead ink books, however this review is honest and my own.

It was an incredibly moving read and at some points it was like reading my own thoughts, feelings and experiences already on paper.
This book is unlike most books as it goes back in time through the book to earlier stages of her life.
The character Laura's journey with injections to bring on temporary menopause was particularly hard for me to read as that is my current reality.

I struggled at t
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Karen Havelin is a writer and translator from Bergen, Norway. She attended Skrivekunst-akademiet i Hordaland, and has a Bachelor's degree in French, Literature, and Gender Studies from the University of Bergen and University of Paris Sorbonne. She completed her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University in May 2013. Her work has been published both in Norwegian and in English.